Terms like Open Throat and Mixed Voice are often thrown around without much further explanation in YouTube videos and singing tutorials – but in a practical sense, what does a term like Mixed Voice REALLY mean?
Mixed Voice, or simple MIX as it’s sometime known can be used to describe two aspects of your vocal technique; a) a blend of frequencies between chest and head voice that ‘mix’ together and create a full tone and limitless range and b) a balance between the TA and CT muscles in a physical sense, so a ‘mix’ of weight and tension instead of pure weight or pure tension.
The best way to find mix voice is to start light in your low range while maintaining a bright and controlled connection through your registers. Instead of pulling chest voice as high as possible and then ‘handing off’ to head voice, instead treat your voice as one full note or slide from top to bottom without a defined break.
How To Connect Chest and Head Voice
Many singers struggle to connect chest and head voice, in part due to lack of balance between the TA and CT muscles – the thyroarytenoid and the cricothyroid, or simply put, weight and tension of the vocal folds. This lack of balance leads to a defined change in dominance between these two muscles, when in fact they are designed to function in tandem in a coordinated balance that provides ample fold compression through the middle of your range and also grants access to mixed resonance.
[one_half padding=”0 10px 0 0″][/one_half]Connection between chest and head voice occurs when you start learning to manage resonant space by altering the size and shape of the vocal tract. You’ll notice that your vocal break disappears if you widen your vocal tract just a touch through your first break period, and then your higher break smooths as you start to narrow the tract into the high range. By managing your resonant space, you will facilitate the most efficient resonance in your voice and blend a connection between chest and head voice.
How To Sing In Mixed Voice
One of my favourite methods of finding a student’s mixed resonance is the ‘projection’ method. Now, instead of projecting your voice far away from yourself, imagine that the voice is being projected back to you – like someone is across the street calling to you; it won’t be too loud, but it will be assertive, strong and pleasant – everything that defines your mixed register.
By developing a strong mixed voice connection between your main registers, you will enjoy the rich depth afforded by your chest resonance while making use of the extensive high range afforded by your head voice. Mixed Voice really IS the key to building a better singing voice.
A great place to start learning how to sing in mixed voice is this exclusive mixed voice singing lesson, or you can get started straight away with our Foundation 101 singing course which will help you;
- Connect chest and head voice
- Find your mixed voice
- Balance your onset
- Balance the TA and CT muscles
- Blend resonance
- Strengthen your head voice
- Manage resonant space
- Form your vowels properly
- SO much more
Are you ready to take your voice to the next level by discovering your mix voice?
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